Walk manager Jeri Krassner and volunteers staff the VIP table and hand out crowns to VIP Team Captains.
On June 5th, 2016, hundreds of bleeders, family, and friends filled Riverside Park to walk for bleeding disorders. Over fifty teams walked this year! Seventeen of these teams were VIP Teams, who raised over $3,000 each for the walk. These teams received a grand welcome, complete with a red carpet, goody bag, picture frame, and trophy.
Another new addition for this year was celebration beads. Each color bead signified a different type of person in the bleeding disorder community—for example, purple is hemophilia and red is a person with inhibitors. Walkers proudly donned many colors to show their support!
Members of Tyler’s Tributes and Team Bayer choose their celebration beads.
Right before kickoff, the chapter presented to Melissa Penn the Founder’s Award. The award honors her efforts in starting the Walk here in New York, which has now spread to dozens of chapters across the country and raised over $15 million dollars in total over the years. Hannah Marie Tokiwa, a 10-year-old girl with Von Willebrand Disease kicked off our walk, with a story of how she raised over $500 for bleeding disorders by making a lemonade stand.
Because of impending rain, all walkers participated in the 1 mile walk, with cheerleaders and Copiague Hip Hop team cheering them on along the way. The weather held out long enough for everyone to reach the finish line dry. The walkers were greeted by ice pops, a magician, and salsa dancers to end the day!
Two cheerleaders encourage Walkers along the Route.
Salsa dancers teach their moves from the stage to a large crowd after the Walk!
In total, the Walk raised over $313,616.00 as of June 7th! Thanks to all our teams and walkers who raised money and came out to walk…we could not have done it without you!
NYCHC would like to thank all our sponsors: our national presenting sponsor, Baxalta; our local presenting sponsor, Novo Nordisk; and all our gold, silver, bronze, kilometer, and in-kind sponsors.